[u]Overall design concept[/u]
Our design concept is based on the idea of clear zoning. Wine, whisky, transition area and guest room area.
We gave each area its individual design. Red wine, white wine, champagne, whisky and cigars have their own areas [u]and[/u] their own design.
We tried to avoid exceeding decorative wall and ceiling decoration due to the existing room heights.
We connected all areas with red colored, organic shaped timber frames in the center of the existing room and “separated” the guest room with a free interpretation of a classic wine shelf (built in “fire-place-style”) and an indoor waterfall feature with water ponds (5cm deep).
The timber frame follows the room heights and have timber batten on top (a mix of dark and bright woods – mahogany wood/pine wood).
The battens make the area “higher” than they are and create a cozy ambiance together with the splashing water cascade’s background noise and the rolling colored timber frames. The battens create nice shadows and will “hide” the suggested indirect ceiling lights. The invisible ceiling lights will artificially make the room higher than it is in “reality”.
The entrance corridor is surrounded by a floor integrated LED belt underneath white satin-finished glass.
The entrance ceiling in the corridor area will be made of mirror glass, and reflects the stone floor and shelves. It will “increase” the height artificially. Appliqued timber battens make the corridor longer than it is.
We reduced the current entrance width to 140 cm and designed a tailor made, heavy, but modern double winged timber door with blue “wine bottles” made of glass and wine bottle handles in corrugated stainless steel; for us it indicates already clearly what the room design behind the doors will be all about.
We framed the doors by two “rolling” timber frames (our interpretation of a glass of wine) and introduce already some major parts of our “behind-the-door-design”.
Two small “jeweler” window displays show already the “content” of the wine cellar to the outside; they are framed in the same style you will find in the whisky and in the guest room shelf.
On purpose we designed the entrance situation like a jeweler’s shop as some wines and whisky’s as expensive as jewels; those “guys” are the proud of every passionate collector; hence we designed a special entrance situation – an eye catcher from the beginning on.
The reduced width (140 cm = 2x75 cm) also reminds to a classic tiny wine cellar entrance – re-interpreted in a modern way.
[u]Climatic conditions and engineering concept[/u]
Different beverages need different climatic conditions; even whisky has special requirement.
We chose basically five areas. Red wine, White wine, Champagne, Whisky and storage for wine without special requirements (basically located in the corridor areas).
From our suggested engineering cabinet in the guest room the piping can easily be done in the shortest possible way to the different zones.
Pipes and/or ducts will have minor dimensions and it won’t be an issue to install them in the existing suspended ceiling.
Fresh air outlets and AC outlets will create the right environment for the specific wines and/or whisky in the introduced and stone covered gypsum cardboard walls with the relevant openings. Aside the gypsum cardboard “MEP-walls” we introduced glass brick walls with openings for wine storage in the corridor area.
The installed water cascade’s purpose is purifying the air and providing a nice and natural “noise” background (splashing water).
The engineering cabinet will also have invisible openings for the guest rooms AC unit and won’t have any impacts to the height of the guest room.
The AC engine will be located in the “garden area” (we had to assume that there is a garden behind the existing windows). All other needed equipment and control boards will be “hidden” in the engineering cabinet; double door shelf.
The owner will be able to explain to his guests the functions, the temperatures, the humidity etc. when opening the cabinet doors; an amazing moment for the guests.
There are plenty of nice ways to “show off” the collected “jewels” with different LED displays and visualization tools in the engineering cabinet.
On purpose we situated the conditioned cigar storage in the guest room to avoid any impacts to the wine areas. In the center of the designed cabinet will be an illuminated beautiful wine decanter as eye-catcher for the arriving guests/visitors.
On the right hand side we integrated a sink in the shelf cabinet; invisible behind a double shelf door.
A small integrated lifting pump will be able to deal with the sewage. It can pump it into an existing sewage piping in the suspended ceiling.
Sliding glass doors open the view to the wines, create an open space feeling and keep the air-conditioned wine areas in the required temperature and humidity level; to make sure the wines will mature in the best possible way; based on the state of technology.
[u]Perforated brick shelves[/u]
We chose “standing” perforated bricks for the wine areas.
Bricks are able to keep the humidity constantly, they are easy to lay, flexible and they create nice shadowing together with the suggested background light behind the perforated bricks.
Bricks and the stone floor remind to the traditional wine cellar feeling.
We mixed standard bricks with ultramarine glass bricks for design reasons.
The used mahogany or oak wood boards combined with bright pine wooden boards and the suggested bricks create a modern and traditional atmosphere simultaneously.
The suggested background lights (behind the perforated bricks) merge the modern ambiance with the wine tradition and are for visitors/guests an eye-catcher as well.
The timber boards are flexible and can be arranged, re-arranged and/or extended with the increasing amount of wine bottles; it “grows” with the amount of wines.
The darker wood’s idea is to remind in our way to wine barrels. Notches in the timber boards make sure that the wine bottles are safe.
We gave the wooden boards enough space for reading the bottle labels.
The whisky storage also could be used for special wines and is the eye-catching aspect when you open the entrance door to the wine cellar.
We chose a modern style timber shelf behind the glass sliding doors. We combined dark wood and bright wood in the same way we introduced in the brick shelf areas due to design aspects. The wooden frames of the timber shelf are surrounded by illuminated glass frames.
Our design reacts on “special” bottles in the bright wood “centers” of the designed shelves.
The shelves will have indirect lights hidden in the back and will make the storage looking premium.
The idea was as well to create an optical illusion. The Room in the back looks higher than it is and gives it more depths as well; an inviting and tempting entrance situation to the wine cellar and wine lovers.
[u]Guest room connection[/u]
The long stretched red timber frames connect the wine storage area with the guest room.
Our idea was a “wine wave” (red wine wave) which you can see while pouring wine in a decanter or a wine glass. This feature connects the storage and the guest area and follows the existing room heights.
In the link area between guest room and wine storage we designed a “free-style” interpretation of a classic wine storage made of hollow bricks, perforated bricks and ultramarine blue colored glass bricks.
We intend to illuminate this feature from the back with special lights to show its 3 dimensional feature purpose.
This very special and unique feature “stands” in a water pond and faces the water cascade. The water cascade on the opposite side of the brick feature widens the connection zone and creates a nice entrance situation to the guest room.
[u]Guest room / Cigar room / Wine and whisky tasting area[/u]
We suggest 4 comfortable and bigger sized leather chairs in a modern style and a long stretched oak table in a traditional style.
Along the left wall we suggest two bracket lamps and above the table a “belt” of small suspended spot lights.
Above the suggested timber battens some will be additional indirect lights. A wine cellar shouldn’t be too bright at all.
Candles, individually arranged, will create the perfect ambiance for having wine and cigars.
The suggested timber shelf in the back of the room also offers space for a modern sound system to “design” the “just-right-ambiance”.
The modern style timber shelf follows the style of our designed shelf in the “whisky-storage”. It merges the different zones.
The wall shelf will have indirect lamps in the back of the shelf. Its purpose is glass storage, cigar cabinet, general storage and also contains a “hidden sink” for the guests and the owner’s convenience.